I was saddened to hear of the death of the actress Dilys Laye aged 74.
Despite a long and varied career, Dilys was best known to me for her roles in the Carry On series. Appearing in just four films, Laye made her mark playing Flo Castle in Carry On Cruising (1962), a Bond-girl parody in Carry On Spying (1964), Mavis Winkle, an “impish pygmy to [Bernard Bresslaw’s] lumbering giant” (as the Guardian newspaper put it) in Carry On Doctor (1967) and again as Bresslaw’s love interest, the permanently car-sick Anthea Meeks in 1969’s Carry On Camping.
The Stage magazine clearly got it right when they described her as being “Small but perfectly formed…”, someone who had a smile “…as warming as a log fire on a cold winter’s night”.
Dilys Laye: born 11 March 1934, died 13 February 2009.